Renault's long success of Fleet World honours has continued with the company collecting a trio of trophies at the Royal Automobile Club ceremony in London’s Pall Mall
The firm's Clio model was once again named as the Best Small Car, while its Kangoo Van Z.E picked up the Environment Award it first won in 2012 and its innovative all-new 1.6-litre twin-turbo engine scooped the Innovation trophy in the Van Fleet World Honours.
Steve Moody, editor at Fleet World magazine, said: “The Clio continues to be the best car in the supermini sector because it offers everything a driver of these type of cars wants. That means that it is not too expensive, has cheap to run petrol and diesel engines, enough space in the back and boot, and does it all with a dash of style too.”
And according to Dan Gilkes, editor at Van Fleet World, Renault “continues to set the agenda” when it comes to electric LCVs in the UK, while the “facelifted Kangoo Z.E. simply takes the concept forwards in terms of driver comfort”.
The Kangoo Van Z.E was launched at the end of 2011 as the world's first mass-market zero tailpipe emission van, and has received much acclamation from experts and drivers alike, scooping an award for Van of the Year in 2012.
It was restyled last June to feature a new front end, as well as other features such as a connected R-Link multimedia tablet.
The Innovation Award for the company's twin turbo energy efficient diesel engine rounded off what was a hugely successful afternoon for the firm.
The innovative engine is the first of its kind to benefit from twin-turbocharging, delivering 140hp and a generous 340Nm of torque, allowing it to compete with many two-litre engines in terms of performance.
This means that it can combined high-level performance with lower carbon emissions.
Posted by Danielle Barge